Great Review of Manage Your Job Search

I spoke about hiring for cultural fit at Communitech in Waterloo, CA earlier this year. While I was there, I met another author, Yvonne Chypchar. (She wrote a terrific book about knowing your value, Be the Smart Girl: Money and Your Value: Navigating the world of part-time and summer jobs for girls 12 to 17.) Yvonne enjoyed my talk and we emailed each other about our books. She wrote a review of Manage Your Job Search at How to ease the pain of your job search and thrive. I love the way she adapted her kanban board to what she needed. You can, too. Thanks,...

More Ways to Visualize Your Project Portfolio

Every time I work with a client or teach a workshop, people want more ways to visualize their project portfolios. Here are some ideas: Here is a kanban view of the project portfolio with a backlog:               And a kanban view of the project portfolio with an “Unstaffed Work” line, so it’s clear:                 If you haven’t read Visualizing All the Work in Your Project Portfolio, you should. It has some other options, too. I have yet more options in Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More...

Projects Where You Can't Predict an End Date

Do you have projects where you can’t predict an end date? These tend to be a job search, a change project, and with a tip of the hat to Cesar Abeid, your life. I like to call these “emergent” projects. You might prefer to call them “adaptable” projects, but to me, every project has to be adaptable. These projects are emergent. You need to plan, but not too much. You need to replan. You need to take advantage of serendipity. My column this quarter for projectmanagement.com is Applying Agile to Emergent Projects. (Free registration required.)...

Agile Bootcamp Talk Posted on Slideshare

I posted my slides for my Agile 2014 talk, Agile Projects, Program & Portfolio Management: No Air Quotes Required on Slideshare. It’s a bootcamp talk, so the majority of the talk is making sure that people understand the basics about projects. Walk before you run. That part. However, you can take projects and “scale” them to programs. I wish people wouldn’t use that terminology. Program management isn’t exactly scaling. Program management is when the strategic endeavor  of the program encompases each of the projects underneath. If you have questions about the presentation, let me know. Happy to answer...

Deliver What the Business Needs Using Agile and Lean Project Management

Workshop: Deliver What the Business Needs Using Agile and Lean Project Management Workshop Objective: After this interactive and experiential workshop, you will be able to work together as a team toward a common goal, steering toward a successful conclusion as you learn new information. You will learn how to deliver a product, using agile and/or lean as your approach. Workshop Overview: This interactive and experiential workshop teaches you how to envision the project goal and develop a path toward delivering it. You will learn how to start with a roadmap, elaborate that into a product backlog, break the work down into small observable slices at appropriate times. You will learn how to get these to done and measure progress in an to ensure delivery. You will learn about the ways to limit work in progress: agile and lean, when each is useful, and how to combine them so you can deliver your work regularly. You’ll have a chance to practice on several projects, to see how agile and lean can work for you. We’ll discuss what and how to measure. And, because so few projects proceed according to plan, we will address how to replan when you know more. This is an experiential workshop. We will work on your projects and implement your features. Target Audience: Project managers, program managers, functional managers, technical leads, product owners, project staff. Prerequisites: Experience on a project. Workshop Duration: 2 or 3 days. We address the outline based on the number of days you decide. Workshop Outline Introduction Do a short simulation to level-set everyone  Define agile and lean Explain why agile and...